Best trails in Bloomington

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Looking for a great trail near Bloomington, Indiana? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around McCormicks Creek State Park or Brown County State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Paynetown State Recreation Area or Cataract Falls State Recreation Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 18 easy trails in Bloomington ranging from 0.7 to 6.2 miles and from 574 to 1,013 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bloomington
Top trails (33)
#1 - Lake Monroe Peninsula Trail
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
Lake Monroe Peninsula Trail is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numbShow more
#2 - Sycamore Loop Trail
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Sycamore Loop Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#3 - Leonard Springs Nature Park Loop
Bloomington, Indiana
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 32 m
Leonard Springs Nature Park Loop is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilyShow more
#4 - Patton Cave via Grubb Ridge Loop
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Patton Cave via Grubb Ridge Loop is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trShow more
#5 - Boat House Trails
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
A combination of trails off of the boathouse parking lot. Includes N, H, W, C, and L from the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve map descriptions. This trail starts and ends with steep slopes; however, mostShow more
#6 - Strahl Lake Trail via Trail 6
Brown County State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 55 m
Strahl Lake Trail via Trail 6 is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#7 - Griffy Reservoir North Shore Trail
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
North Shore Trail (3 miles RT)- This trail begins along North Headley Road, north of the boathouse. Please use care when walking on the road to reach the trailhead. Steep slopes, narrow pathways, and Show more
#8 - Axsom Branch Loop
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Axsom Branch Loop is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikingShow more
#9 - Griffy Lake Nature Preserve Loop Trail
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Series of interconnected trails for IU Research off of Headley Road. Lots of accessible areas but some will be off limits for time to time due to extensive research by the IU teams.Show more
#10 - Hayes Trail and Grubb Ridge Loop
Charles C. Deam Wilderness
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 40 m
Hayes Trail and Grubb Ridge Loop is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bloomington, Indiana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primariShow more
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